Save Morgan County Observatory
Morgan County Observatory https://nitesky.org is being given away to a nearby church by the Board of Education instead of being given to the Morgan County Observatory Foundation, which raised all funds and built the facility. All efforts to negotiate with the church and the Board of Education have failed. We now must resort to enjoining legal counsel to protect the rights of the Foundation and ensure the continued operations of the observatory into the future. $2,500.00 is needed to cover current legal costs which have been used to retain counsel since time is of the essence as the property transfer is imminent. People may call or write our School Board in support of our efforts to gain ownership of the facility we have built and operated for the last 20 years. Ownership is critical to adding water and ADA restrooms to our facility. Funding and visitors have been limited by our lack of restrooms. Thank you for your support+ Read More
Thanks so much to everyone who has donated or is following our campaign. It is with great regret that I must report the deed to the Greenwood school property including the Observatory was transferred to the trustees of Greenwood United Methodist church for $10 by Morgan County Schools last Tuesday. We fought intensely to stop this action and will continue. Since the church has designated their lawyer as their sole spokesperson in this matter, we also must continue to rely on our counsel as matters progress. They have indicated they are willing to meet with us in October. The school board voted to strike all of their remarks surrounding the sale of the observatory from the public record, which were made in a spirited discussion following several speakers supporting MCOF ownership. We recorded all of it. Our Board of Directors will decide how we want to proceed at our annual meeting to be held shortly after we meet with the church. Your donations continue to help us in our efforts to protect this valuable community asset.